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Marquez, Hernandez deny steroid accusations made by Roach

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Manny Pacquiao; Juan Manuel Marquez

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will square off once again on Dec. 8. (Stan Honda/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — Last week, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach made news when he suggested Juan Manuel Marquez, who will face Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, was using performance-enhancing substances. Roach told USA Today, “”If (his body) is natural, I will kiss his a–.”

Part of Roach’s suspicion involves Marquez’s association with Angel Hernandez, an admitted steroids peddler who has supplied performance-enhancing substances to Olympic athletes, including Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Hernandez — then known as Angel Heredia — later became a witness for the prosecution against athletes.

On Tuesday, both Marquez and Hernandez denied using anything illegal.

“You can say anything you want, but [if] you don’t have any proof, it means nothing,” Marquez said. “I told them I am willing to take any exam they want. Let’s go together, we’ll do it together.”

“Before the last camp, there were accusations about [Pacquiao], people saying things, and we didn’t care. We never brought it up. For this fight, all of a sudden they are attacking me. I say we do [a blood test] now.”

Marquez says working with Hernandez has “changed everything.”

“I have had a 20-year career,” Marquez said. “I did it the same for 18 years. Now, I’ve changed everything.”

“Weight training has changed a lot,” Hernandez said. “It’s evolved. In the past, you did not see strength and conditioning coaches around a boxer. There is nothing illegal. We do our jobs.”

Last week, Hernandez said he met with federal authorities, including noted investigator Jeff Novitzky, and asked them to look into Roach’s comments. He also said he planned to file a lawsuit against Roach, though that seems unlikely.

Hernandez said after this fight any fighter he works with will be required to submit to year-round blood and urine testing in line with the policies of the World Anti Doping Agency.

“I’d be happy to do it,” Marquez. “As long as the guy I’m fighting does the same thing. If there is going to be a level field, it has to be level for everyone.”

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On Dec 04, 2012
  • 4 comments
    MarkMessier
    MarkMessier

    LOL , the camp that ducked Mayweather because they wouldn't take a test accuses someone else

    Judge
    Judge

    The power that was shown by that right hand was unnaturally unlike the previous fights because of steroid use.  If you look at the face of Manuel Marquez and compare it with previous features of earlier pictures, you will notice a slight difference in the roundness of his face.  The bulk he put on within the time he did also is a dead giveaway.  I know, before Deca and other steroids were illegal, I sold for a pharmaceutical company to hospitals, cancer clinics and diabetes centers.  I know that look and the change in weights strength.

    Henry M
    Henry M

    Are they doing the same thing to the fighters that Victor Conte the mastermind of BALCO works with ( Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Zab Judah, Andre Berto) or is this a racial thing. Freddy Roach should be the last person making accusations training guys like Manny Pacquiao & Cesar Chavez Jr. guys that have been rumored to use P.E.D's for years. Chavez Jr just failed his most recent test after fighing his previous 3 fights & 4 of his last 6 in Texas a state that doesn't require drug testing.

    abigchocoholic
    abigchocoholic

    This just shows the stupidity of it all.  It's the beginning of the end.   People get all bent out of shape when a guy uses PEDs and wins but the reality is that certain people have always been at the edge of the human continuum on chemical make-up so it's basically the same thing.  In other words, if a guy is naturally a freak and his body makes 1000 units of testosterone a day what's the difference between him and the guy who's body makes 400 units a day and supplements 600?  One guy we call a great athlete and the other guy we call a cheater.  Logically it makes no sense.

     

    It's like trying to argue Wilt Chamberlin or Lawrence Taylor weren't or Labron James or Serena Williams aren't playing with a physical advantage when obviously they were/are.  

     

    In the interim everyone's going to be bucking to be a steroid freak whether naturally induced or via injection.  In the end, it'll all be surpassed by with bionics and cyborg equipment anyway--coming to you within the next 50 years.